Report: Mixed news for Finley, Matthews, Hayward, Starks and others on injury front
Jermichael Finley. Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Green Bay Packers look to have a key cog in their passing game back in action as they prepare for a key divisional game against the Detroit Lions.
However, they don't have their All-Pro linebacker healthy and fully practicing yet after a hamstring issue, and they'll be out a productive running back and key secondary member again.
According to the Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne:
Out for the #Packers today: Clay Matthews, James Starks, Casey Hayward, Van Roten. ...Finley and Bush both returned.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 2, 2013
Fullback John Kuhn was also back at practice.— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) October 2, 2013
Afterward, the Packers updated Matthews' status as having limited participation in practice, with hope from coach Mike McCarthy for continued progress.
"He's getting better. He's made a lot of progress since coming off the field in Cincinnati. I'm hopeful he'll be able to do more tomorrow," said McCarthy on Wednesday.
"Everybody's different. A hamstring is different on every player, every individual."
News was not so good for James Starks and his knee injury.
"I would put him in the category of a couple weeks," said McCarthy.
The news was also negative for cornerback Casey Hayward.
"He's not going to be ready this week. We'll probably know more next Monday or Tuesday
A longer-term injury may have come for offensive lineman Greg Van Roten as well.
"He had a foot sprain. It occurred at Monday's practice. He'll be out multiple weeks," said McCarthy.
Finley sort of tipped us off about his return from a concussion on Tuesday.
Good News. #GoPackGo— Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88) October 1, 2013
"Jermichael looks good. The bye week has helped him," said McCarthy.
"It was great to have him back."
Overall, McCarthy said "I'm tired of it" when it comes to having to talk about so many injuries.